Syria

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Sarin

Author: Zachary Laub

Sarin, one of the world's most lethal chemical weapons, has long been stockpiled but is rarely used by states or terrorists. Allegations of attacks on civilians in Syria, if substantiated, would represent a departure from longstanding international practice, this Backgrounder explains.

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Syria: Has Assad Dodged a Bullet?

Author: Esther Pan

Bashar al-Assad, whose regime looked shaky under international pressure last year, is consolidating his power and cracking down on dissent. Despite a UN probe linking Syrian officials to the assassination of the former Lebanese prime minister, Assad appears to have gained some breathing room.

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State Sponsor: Syria

Author: Holly Fletcher

Syria has a history of aiding terrorist organizations, and is one of five nations on the U.S. State Department's list of state sponsors of terrorism. Along with Iran, Syria has given substantial backing to Hezbollah.

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Syria's Leaders

Author: Esther Pan

As international attention focuses on the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad, cfr.org profiles some of the nation's top leaders.

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